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Turning points in international protection: onwards and upwards, or u-turns and roundabouts?

Virtual, 15 November 2022, 6:00-6:30pm AEDT

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How have recent global events created pressure points in the international protection regime? From the conflict in Ukraine through to COVID-19 lockdowns and border closures, we have seen changes in the way protection and assistance are delivered, at the same time as the voices and solutions of displaced people themselves are coming to the fore. Are longstanding principles of international law being reaffirmed, or are new forms of protection emerging? What changes are likely to last, and what will this mean for the future?


Jane McAdam AO

Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

@profjmcadam @KaldorCentre

Jane McAdam AO is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change, disasters and displacement. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. She serves on a number of international committees, including the International Law Association’s Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise (as Co-Rapporteur until 2018); the Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement; the Technical Advisory Group for the Pacific Climate Change Migration and Human Security Programme; and the Advisory Council of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. In 2017, she received the Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for Human Rights for her work on refugees and forced migration. In 2021, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 'for distinguished service to international refugee law, particularly to climate change and the displacement of people'.

Image credit: UNHCR/Mohammad Hawari

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